Norway’s Famous Fjords and Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast

Norway’s Famous Fjords and Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast

Norway’s Famous Fjords and Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast

Norway’s Famous Fjords and Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast

Travel information 8 days MS Spitsbergen
Departure
6 October 2022
Price from
2190 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Join us on an expedition cruise from Bergen to some of Norway’s most notable fjords, as well as Sweden’s delightful Bohuslän coast. 

Magnificent southern Norway and Sweden’s beautiful Bohuslän coast 

Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of Norway’s fjord landscapes and highlights of Sweden’s wild and wonderful Bohuslän coast on this unique expedition cruise. Not only will you see some of Norway’s famous sights, but you’ll also visit the lesser-known southern part of the country. Home to idyllic landscapes and villages, you’ll quickly see why Agder is such a hit with the locals.  

Expedition to the fjords of western Norway 

Spend four days exploring one or more of Norway’s most spectacular fjords. Destination stops could include places such as: Lysefjord, which boasts some of the most striking vertical cliffs of all the Norwegian fjords; Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in the country is aptly called ‘King of the Fjords’; or Hardangerfjord, which is lined with apple orchards and is a feast for the senses in autumn. In true expedition style, weather and local conditions will decide where we go and how long we spend there, but an amazing fjord experience is guaranteed! 

‘Friluftsliv’ in the fresh autumn air 

Norwegians revel in the life philosophy of friluftsliv – a respect for nature and a love of the great outdoors. Sailing in autumn, you’ll enjoy a host of outdoor activities, such as hiking and kayaking, at a time when Norway is a riot of colour. The mountainsides and hilltops will be covered in swathes of red, yellow and orange, sharpened by the crisp, clear air. Nature’s pantry will be full of delicacies ready for harvesting, and our onboard menu, activities and excursions will reflect the season beautifully. 

Norway’s Famous Fjords and Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast Norway’s Famous Fjords and Sweden’s Bohuslän Coast
  • Day 1
    Bergen, Norway

    Your adventure begins

    6 October 2022

    Your journey starts in the bustling port city of Bergen. Founded in 1070 CE, this was Norway’s capital for many years, and you’ll see that the city has retained a great deal of its local character, heritage and charm. 

    Hop aboard a funicular up to Mount Fløyen. The ride to the top of the mountain takes just six minutes. At the summit, you’ll bask in stunning views and see how the city is surrounded by seven mountains and the sea. You might even spot your expedition ship docked below.  

    Back in the centre, spend some time wandering the cobblestone streets and alleyways of this thriving, compact city. If you want a taste of a local speciality, drop into one of the many cafés or pubs and order a local Hansa beer.   

    Immerse yourself in local history by heading to the Old Bergen Museum. It’s an open-air showcase of what the city was like in the 1700s and 1800s. Another historic highlight is Fantoft Stave Church with its fascinating architecture – a beautiful combination of Norse pagan and Christian styles.    

    Also, be sure to stroll through the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with its fish market and colourful wooden wharves. The area dates to the 14th century, and now houses boutique stores selling a range of Norwegian arts and crafts.   

    After boarding your expedition ship, you’ll be shown your cabin. There’s a mandatory safety drill just before departure, after which you can walk around to explore the ship. After meeting your Expedition Team, you’ll be ready to start your Scandinavian adventure. 

    Pre-Programme 

    Why not join our Pre-Programme, which takes in most of the mentioned highlights. Included in the package is an overnight stay in a centrally located hotel. An added bonus is you’ll likely get to meet some of your fellow explorers prior to boarding the ship.  

    Day 1
    Bergen, Norway

    Your adventure begins

  • Day 2-5
    Fjords of Norway

    Northbound to the fjords of Norway

    7 October 2022 - 10 October 2022

    Our goal for the next four days is to explore the beautiful coasts and landscapes of western Norway. It’s an area renowned for spectacular mountains, peaceful fjords and majestic glaciers. Depending on local conditions, we’ll use our small expedition boats and go on shore landings to explore the fjords and shores. In sheltered waters, you might be able to take in the coastal scenery while kayaking.  

    Local conditions will also determine exactly where you’ll visit and when. Here are just some the fjords we may visit.  

    Nordfjord 

    Nordfjord is the sixth-longest fjord in Norway. This fjord was created by the Jostedalsbreen Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in Europe. Aside from breathtaking glaciers and fjords, you’ll see mountains, fertile valleys and beautiful sandy beaches. The picture-book fishing village of Loen is one of its main attractions. In the shadow of the mighty Jostedalsbreen glacier, at the very heart of Nordfjord, Loen is the perfect place to explore the gorgeous surroundings. 

    Sognefjord 

    Sognefjord is nicknamed the ‘King of the Fjords’, as it is the longest and deepest fjord in Norway, stretching 127 miles inland from the coast. Deep in the fjord lies the tiny hamlet of Fjærland, home to only 300 people. Fjærland is also the place where Sognefjorden meets one of Norway’s best-known glaciers, Josterdalsbreen, the largest glacier on the European continent. 

    Hardanger 

    Hardangerfjord is the fifth-longest fjord in the world and the second-longest in Norway. The climate here is mild, and the hillsides are home to some of the prettiest apple orchards in Norway. The region is understandably famous for its apple products, from jams and juice to its award-winning cider, which one food writer described as ‘Nordic Champagne’. 

    Lysefjord 

    Lysefjord boasts some of the most striking vertical cliffs of all the Norwegian fjords. It’s home to the iconic viewpoint at Preikestolen, also known as Pulpit Rock. The subject of many social media posts, it’s perhaps the most famous tourist attraction in Norway. If we sail to Lysefjord, you may see this incredible rock formation from below, or even better, hike to the top on an optional excursion. 

    Whichever fjords we decide to visit, you’ll be treated to breathtaking vistas of Norway in its spectacular autumn colours. Thanks to the smaller size of our ship, you’ll get even closer to the scenery and small communities Norway is famous for. 

    You’ll also be invited to talks hosted by the Expedition Team, who will happily share their extensive knowledge of Norway with you. These added insights will enhance your experience and allow you to appreciate the region in greater depth.  

    Day 2-5
    Fjords of Norway

    Northbound to the fjords of Norway

  • Day 6
    Agder, Norway

    Scenic delight with a laid-back vibe

    11 October 2022

    Sørlandet - meaning the Southern Land – is one of Norway’s best kept secrets. The area boasts delightful coastal scenery, and it’s ideal for bird watching and shoreside walks. Agder, as the region is also known, is sometimes referred to as ‘The Norwegian Riviera’ due to its mild climate and is popular with holidaymakers.   

    With an enchanting mix of skerries, woods and hills, we’ll try to see the best of Agder. We’ll aim to visit Arendal, where small wooden houses are clustered by the sea and a bustling inner harbour creates an idyllic coastal town vibe. Take a leisurely stroll along the charming streets of the old town and soak up the relaxed southern approach to life on the coast. 

    Feeling energetic? Raet National Park, is perfect for some outdoor adventure. Running along the coast, the park features glacial geology and numerous walking trails. Depending on the weather and conditions, you’ll have the option to explore the area by hiking, kayaking or biking.  

    Day 6
    Agder, Norway

    Scenic delight with a laid-back vibe

  • Day 7
    Sweden’s laid-back coast

    Sweden’s west side story

    12 October 2022

    Welcome to Sweden! Today you’ll explore the fascinating Bohuslän coast, a distinctive rocky coastline characterised by smooth boulders, bustling towns, and small fishing villages. 

    We’ll stop at the island of South Koster – one of the two Koster Islands. North Koster and South Koster sit at the centre of Kosterhavet Marine National Park. On the southern one you can walk up Valfjäll - the highest point on the island. From the top you’ll be able to see the whole archipelago and as far as neighbouring Norway.  

    In the afternoon, we continue our scenic journey along Sweden’s coastline and head to Lysekil to enjoy the evening. You’ll want to be out on deck as we cruise along the channel past picturesque fishing villages set in glorious scenery.  

    Lysekil is a cosy seaside resort, so why not go on a stroll and discover the town’s beautiful buildings. The old town, Gamlestan, is a charming well-preserved neighbourhood, perfect for exploring on foot. Stop by some of the local cafés and restaurants to enjoy the region's renowned seafood. 

    After an active day of discovery, you’ll return to MS Spitsbergen ready for a delicious meal and a good night’s sleep.  

    Day 7
    Sweden’s laid-back coast

    Sweden’s west side story

  • Day 8
    Oslo, Norway

    Wrapping up your Scandinavian adventure

    13 October 2022

    We dock in Oslo during the early morning hours. After breakfast, it will be time to say a fond farewell to MS Spitsbergen. If you have time, why not explore Oslo? Awarded European Green Capital in 2019, Norway’s main city is a fjord-side city surrounded by lakes and forested hills.  

    Oslo's compact size makes it ideal for discovering on foot.  

    The medieval Akershus Fortress dominates the harbourfront, while a stroll through the charming city centre will take you to the City Hall, Royal Palace, Parliament building and Oslo Cathedral. The new National Museum strikes a modern architectural contrast to the more classical buildings. 

    See the intriguing architecture east of the harbour in the Bjørvika neighbourhood. The angular, white marble and glass Opera House resembles a glacier emerging from the sea. Walk along its rooftop for panoramic views of the city and look across to the nearby Munch Museum. Across the bridge at Sørenga, you can stroll along the beach, go kayaking and even relax in a floating sauna.   

    No doubt, when you finally make your journey home, you’ll already be planning your return to Norway’s beautiful shores. We’re looking forward to welcoming you back soon.  

    Day 8
    Oslo, Norway

    Wrapping up your Scandinavian adventure

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What's included

Included in your voyage

Expedition Cruise  

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune  
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported. 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

Onboard Activities 

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics 
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes 
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with live scientific research 
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos 
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna and indoor gym  
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come 

Landing Activities 

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats  
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings  

Not included in your voyage

  • Air Travel 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Luggage handling 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change  
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities expected 
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MS Spitsbergen

Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)
Passenger capacity 180
Beds 243
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 7,344
Length 100.54m
Beam 18m
Speed 14.5 knots
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